Watch Live Cassini’s Grand Finale

Watch Live Cassini’s Grand Finale

Today, the Cassini spacecraft will put an end to its 20-year mission and will burn into the atmosphere of Saturn. NASA will broadcast live the last moments of the device online. Live broadcasting begins at 11:00 UTC. The last signal from Cassini is expected about 50-55 minutes later. In fact, when the last signal comes to Earth, Cassini will no longer exist. The arrival of the signal from Saturn to Earth takes about an hour and 20 minutes. Even in the last moments, Cassini will continue to work. Scientists hope the probe will collect information about the composition of Saturn’s...
Can You Cry in Space?

Can You Cry in Space?

Of course you can! But is it a good idea? If one day you can get on the International Space Station, for example, or just go into orbit around the Earth and fall into weightlessness, you will probably want to shed at least one tear of emotion. You’d better not! Why? Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shows why. True, his “tear” is a bit more generous than usual, but, as you can see, the tears are not willing to leave you in space. They stay with you. They do not really want to go! At least until you find enough dry...
The Most Powerful Solar Eruption in The Last 12 Years

The Most Powerful Solar Eruption in The Last 12 Years

NASA experts have registered one of the most powerful solar eruptions in the last 12 years, which is one of the 15 most powerful emanations of light, heat and kinetic energy in the entire Sun observation history. NASA reported that the power of the eruption was so great that residents of Ohio and Indiana would be able to observe the northern lights that night. Solar eruptions are often accompanied by similar phenomena. But today a full moon is expected, and the Earth’s natural fellow traveller will slightly dim the brightness of the glow. Solar eruptions are the cause of magnetic...
September 3, 1976 – Viking 2 Landed on Mars

September 3, 1976 – Viking 2 Landed on Mars

On September 3, 1976 on Mars landed the Viking 2 – a drop-off module, which sent the first close color photographs from the surface of the Red Planet. NASA’s Viking program is the first space program to send spacecraft to Mars. Viking 1 and Viking 2 were launched in 1975 and 1976. They were created precisely for the detailed study of Mars. Each of the spacecraft is composed of two modules: one that is in orbit around the planet, and another that descends to the surface. The program is one of the most ambitious for its time, and its value...
Space Travel in Future Can Affect the Climate

Space Travel in Future Can Affect the Climate

  Regular launches of suborbital cruise ships can accelerate the rise of Earth’s temperature, New Scientist reports. This conclusion came to researchers which are developing computer model of the climate impact of soot, formed during incomplete combustion of various fuels. The team of the Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles calculated how much soot would be emitted in a thousand suborbital flight per year (planned level of space tourism in 2020). The simplistic model predicts that this whole quantity will be thrown out over the “America” spaceport that is being built now in New Mexico. The main polluter, of course, was...
Is it Possible the Reproduction of Humanity beyond Earth?

Is it Possible the Reproduction of Humanity beyond Earth?

Thousands desire to colonize Mars, but Is an viable extraterrestrial human civilization possible? This question is asked by scientists from the NASA Research Center “Ames” trying to predict whether humanity could successfully reproduce beyond the planet Earth. Certainly, cosmonauts sent to colonize the Red Planet should not get pregnant on the road, experts say. High-energy radiation particles will almost certainly sterilize any female embryo conceived in the open space. This will seriously hinder the building of a successful colony, scientists say, quoted by Daily Mail. DNA that manages the development of the embryos and the work of all cells can...
What is Coming Up at The August Night Sky

What is Coming Up at The August Night Sky

  Total Sun Eclipse August seems quite full of astronomical events, and the Great American eclipse on 21st is far from being the only remarkable thing to come. The upcoming total solar eclipse is the first to be seen from the continental United States since 1979, and the first seen from coast to coast since 1918. Partial Lunar Eclipse This month, some lucky viewers will be able to watch as the moon skirts through the northern part of Earth’s dark outer shadow, producing a partial lunar eclipse. While most of Europe and Africa will get to see part of the...